Sasse Nails’ appointment-only policy fits in with the salon’s overarching philosophy. Owner Kristine Koenker’s team of nail technicians take all the time they need with each customer, soaking, scrubbing, and polishing toes for a full hour without feeling rushed. The relaxed, serene atmosphere doesn’t stop there: Kristine makes sure each station has a comfortable amount of space, and a leaf-shaped mirror reflects warm, earth-toned hues meant to inspire tranquility.
As techs apply long-lasting Gelish polish or dip toes into warm paraffin wax, clients can peek through the windows and glass door that separate the nail salon from Kristine's adjacent full-service hair salon. The glass dividers open up the space visually, but keep noise to a minimum, and the quiet is only interrupted when clients express their gratitude for well-treated feet with tap-danced Morse code.
Primo Salon & Spa's owner, Kim, is a skin and body care expert and specializes in services like body wraps, body scrubs, and facials. Ongoing education in her field has allowed her to stay at the cutting edge of her profession, and so she encourages each of her employees to attend regular classes in their field. As a result, her team includes a platform artist for Wella, a former educator for Revlon, and a wig specialist with experience fitting custom hairpieces for cancer patients. Together, the team can tend to nearly any aesthetic need, whether it's a new haircut, a mani-pedi, a professional makeup application, or a spray tan?the latter of which is applied via airbrush, as opposed to other salons that simply send clients to a tanning dunk tank.
Notes of relaxing music float through the air within the warm and welcoming private rooms of Massage Retreat & Spa, mingling sometimes with the rhythmic tapping of fingers across sore muscles or the silence of relaxation. While the spa?s massage therapists melt away aches and pains with smooth Swedish strokes or warm stones, their aesthetician counterparts indulge complexions with cleansing facials, waxing sessions, and treatments for eyebrows and eyelashes.
Though their menu of services can seem overwhelming at first, the spa?s staff takes the time to tailor each treatment to clients? individual needs; a health questionnaire and customer profile?required of first-time visitors?assists their efforts to pinpoint your unique ailments and concerns. Their Healthy Savings Plan similarly typifies their dedication to clients.
Aesthetic Therapies delivers just that: treatments designed to improve your appearance. These treatments are performed by licensed aestheticians and supervised by medical director Dr. Scott Jenkins. Aesthetic Therapies also employs technicians licensed for teaching, laser procedures, and more. It's not surprising, then, that many of the center's services have something of a medical bent, ranging from Botox injections and electrolysis to lip augmentation and permanent makeup. However, therapeutic treatments are about more than just results; the relaxing facial includes not only exfoliation and a mask to battle blemishes but also a massage or acupressure.
Author and Juut SalonSpa owner David Wagner channels a childhood spent watching nature’s beauty into his Aveda salon’s eight locations. The studio stylists and other staff members, many of whom benefit from the company’s extensive training program, perform services beneath shelves laden with Aveda products. The botanically sourced elixirs repair and sculpt hair naturally without subjecting it to other products’ unpleasant chemicals or a robot hairdresser’s endless questions about love.
Joe Grondin built a time machine out of shaving cream, steamed towels, and aftershave. A master barber for more than 30 years, he longed for the halcyon days of the classic barbershop: a time when grooming was unhurried and conversation was meaningful. So in 1999, he opened the first Rooster’s Men’s Grooming Center in Lapeer, Michigan. Today, Rooster's’ barbershops can be found from coast to coast, but Joe's original vision remains intact: precision cuts and 7-step shaves with generous helpings of neck powder and personal attention.
Joe's barbers keep that old-school spirit alive with the Roosters Club Cut, which includes steamed towels and shampoo head massages. During their signature 7-step shaves, they prep men’s faces with moisturizers and massages before shaving every last whisker down to the skin. Rooster’s also offers camouflage coloring to keep grey hairs from standing out in an otherwise full and leafy beard, and the shop honors military, police, and fire personnel with discounted haircuts.